Group Services

The CDT offers a diverse schedule of group programs throughout the year facilitated by many of the team members. The CDT utilises the unique multidisciplinary element of the team to offer programs that are facilitated by two (or more) team members, often from different areas of specialty, in order to provide particularly effective programs. Most of our programs are research-validated or created using research-based strategies and skills.


Baby Bonding

Involving the baby from 6 weeks to 6 months and his or her caregiver(s), Baby Bonding uses gentle and playful techniques to help get off to the best possible start together. Baby Bonding classes focus on the attachment bond between the caregiver(s) and baby using the latest information and findings from research.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer [link]. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Bebe+

Bebegarten, an established kindergarten located at One Island South, and the Child Development Team have teamed up to provide a unique, highly tailored and individualised educational and therapeutic service to families with young children who need additional support in their development.

Bebe+ combines the best of both organisations to provide a highly tailored and individualised program to a small group of children who would benefit from intensive educational, psychological, language, and occupational support. Extensive research demonstrates the efficacy of intensive early interventions, and children enrolled in Bebe+ will engage in frequent inter-disciplinary therapies to enhance their development in a holistic, positive, and engaging environment that is grounded in solid research and knowledge of child development.

Bebe+ aims to give children the best possible start in life through our personalised program, and will engage with parents to ensure that the skills and strategies utilised in Bebe+ are generalised into the home and any other educational environment.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer [link]. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Brain Spark

Brain Spark is a school readiness program that focuses on awakening all aspects of the brain to help the child transition back into school after a holiday in a confident and neurologically prepared way [more].

The program will include sensory integration activities to support focus and executive functioning skills, gross motor exercises to improve motor coordination and planning, fine motor activities to support handwriting and endurance abilities, and finally social interactions to strengthen communication skills and team building skills.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer [link]. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Confident Crew

Confident Crew is a one-day intensive program for 4 to 8 year olds offered a number of times throughout the year for children presenting with Selective Mutism (SM) and Social Anxiety Disorder. The day is structured like a school day, with plenty of engaging, fun, and challenging activities planned.

Trained therapists and counsellors, led by the CDT SM Program Director Dr. Melissa Ortega, provide individual support and guide children through the activities and adjust the challenges as the day progresses. Common targeted goals focus on increasing responses to questions from other children or adults, increasing spontaneous speech, increasing the volume of their voice, initiating interactions with others, and making guesses or estimations when unsure. Each Confident Crew day ends with a trip to the prize room, which provides the children with an opportunity to ‘buy’ a prize with the points they earned for brave talking.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Creative Interactions

Creative Interactions is a group program for 4 to 6 year olds focusing on a variety of creative mediums, incorporating art, dance, movement, drama, and play, with an emphasis on peer interaction, communication, building relationships, and developing social skills.

Creative Interactions provides children with an opportunity to engage in play based activities to cultivate social and emotional learning. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a positive sense of self and creative expression. Children will explore their ability to learn from each other, encourage each other, support each other and discover that they are capable of giving as well as receiving help.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Executive Functioning Group

More information available soon

Girls Translated

Girls Translated provides an opportunity for mothers and their daughters to attend the same group to learn how to enhance their relationship, manage conflicts, and address the many issues adolescent girls experience.

For girls, topics covered range from developing healthy relationships, managing popularity, cliques, and fitting in, resolving conflicts and dealing with peer-pressure and social media. For mothers, topics covered include positive parenting strategies, effective communication, and how to support and develop self-esteem, positive self-image, and positive relationships.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Keep Calm and Get Organised

Keep Calm and Get Organised helps children and adolescents organise their time more effectively, develop relaxation skills to better manage stress, work more independently, and discover problem solving skills [more].

For more information, view our most recent Flyer [link]. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Learning Launchpad

This group, for Year Three to Seven (Grades Two to Six), aims to help participants be school ready, giving them a head start in getting back into the rhythm of lessons before the start of the new school year.

In small groups, participants will take part in a number of personalised and engaging Literacy and Numeracy activities, which will help embed key skills and enthuse participants about their learning before the new term begins.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Social Thinking Programs

The CDT have been running Social Thinking programs, based on Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking Concepts, for the past six years to improve children’s socio-emotional and behavioural regulation, social interactions, and prosocial behaviours. These programs are available for 6 to 12 year olds.

During this time, we have developed and tweaked these programs to better suit different age ranges and the social culture present in many international schools in Hong Kong. We involve parents, teachers, and other professionals who work with the child as much as possible through weekly updates and in-clinic presentations so that strategies and skills can be generalised and reinforced in the different environments the child functions in.

Over the years, we have found that many children joining these programs have underlying difficulties regulating their emotions and behaviours. Therefore, we have recently started offering social thinking programs in collaboration with themes and strategies based on the ALERT program, an Occupational Therapy program. This allows us to provide a unique, Social Thinking + ALERT curriculum to increase the effectiveness of the program.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Mindful Mamas

Mindful Mamas is a proactive program that builds a strong attachment between parents and their baby in their last trimester using Mindfulness-based techniques, neuroscience, among other various approaches.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Move, Talk, Play

A ‘circuit training’ program run by our Early Years Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, and Occupational Therapist. This program focuses on movement, communication, and play with an emphasis on developing a positive sense of self, peer communication, and understanding brain to body connection.

In small groups, children will rotate through the three different therapists focusing on play, communication, and movement. Our Early Years Therapist will focus on enhancing children’s awareness of themselves and developing pro-social behaviours and emotions. Our Speech and Language Therapist will support children in looking, listening, and interacting with their group members to encourage expression, turn taking, and story telling. Finally, our Occupational Therapist will support self-regulation, body awareness, motor planning, and problem-solving.

For more information, view our most recent Flyer. For scheduling, view our calendar.

Positive Psychology + Mindfulness

More information available soon.

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